Jagged Row
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Jagged Row

Dallas, Texas, United States | Established. Jan 01, 2009 | SELF

Dallas, Texas, United States | SELF
Established on Jan, 2009
Band Alternative Rock




"Jagged Row (formerly Jaci & Those Guys at the State Fair of Texas)"

In the past 3 decades I have contracted and promoted over 3000 major musical events in 45 states and 13 foreign countries. Over the last 75 days alone, I have promoted Kid Rock, Bret Michaels, Sammy Hagar, and Creed. In all those years I thought I had seen/ heard it all, that is until last Friday October 15th at the State Fair of Texas when I crossed paths with “Jaci & Those Guys”!
I was literally expecting a “high school garage band” (ages 14-17 I think), but while they may still be in high school, onstage these guys (and girl) sound and look like real pros! Sure, at first they appear young (because they are) but put them in the spotlight, and they morph into Metallica! Their rhythm section is tight and right on meter, and there are twin “trade off” lead guitarists layered on top that are both excellent. Close your eyes and Joe Perry has nothing on these guys (except maybe wrinkles). Then there is Jaci, 14 (just turned) and a freshman in high school. “Say what”?? She could easily trade vocal chops with Avril Lavigne or Amy Lee and in fact covered a Journey song (like a blanket) that would make Steve P. proud! She played keyboards too which is a great touch and addition to further exploit their cool sound. Did I mention that they “command the stage” as they prance around, over and under it a la “The Rolling Stones”, albeit 80 or 90 years ago? They even brought their own 2 foot high “ego risers” for down stage left and right… (wow talented and using their brains, not like many rock musicians I’ve known). And Jaci supplied her own “lime green” mic stand wired into a steering wheel of a ’66 mustang (or something)… man you can’t make this stuff up!
Probably most impressive though was when I asked one of their handlers (ok, maybe it was a father) why all these songs were so familiar? Was it Lincoln Park, 3 Doors Down, Evanescense… what? Nope, you guessed it… they wrote them all!!! (Except for that one Journey cover.)
Turns out they have spent nearly two years rehearsing and writing, and even spent 5 weeks this past summer at a music conservatory in the Northeast. (Heck when I was that age I had to get permission from my parents to “miss my paper route for 1 day”!) The world sure has changed for the better.
In conclusion (and I hate to admit) I have paid so called “big name rock bands” tens of thousands more that weren’t half as good or nearly as entertaining. To any fair or festival out there, take my recommendation; give these guys, actually “Jaci & Those Guys” a shot. If you can look me in the eyes and say you were disappointed, I’ll pay the bill! And please let me know before tickets go on sale, so I can buy mine!
Seriously, (even though I have been serious) much applause to JATG. I know the hard work this has taken, and the continuing commitment ahead. Never forget that even though you are all talented, together you have a gift, some real chemistry. Keep up the great efforts, can’t wait to work with y’all again.

Glenn Smith, President Glenn Smith Presents, Inc.
- Glenn Smith Presents, Inc.

"Jaci & Those Guys win Wildflower Battle of the Bands"

http://www.courier-gazette.com/articles/2010/05/20/rowlett_lakeshore_times/news/8862.txt - Lakeshore Times

"Real Texas Festival Winners!"

http://www.realtexasfestival.com/Battleofthebands.html - Real Texas Festival

"Jaci and Those Guys at the Red Room in Cafe 939 at Berklee College of Music"

See Video.
"Just Do It" by Jaci and Those Guys - Berklee College of Music, Boston MA

"Planet Rockwall--Local Teen band makes finals of NAMM"

http://planetrockwall.com/news/article/local_teen_band_competes_in_music_competition/ - Planet Rockwall

"Neighbors Go Dallas Morning News Local band In semifinals of Schooljam USA"

http://www.neighborsgo.com/index.php?page_id=1000&site_page_id=5&post_id=45870 - Dallas Morning News

"Planet Rockwall--Local Teen band makes finals of NAMM"

http://planetrockwall.com/news/article/local_teen_band_competes_in_music_competition/ - Planet Rockwall

"Rockwall News--Local Teen band in Semifinals of NAMM"

http://therockwallnews.com/2009/1124/entertainment/teen-band - Rockwall News

"Battle of the Bands Builds Momentum"

http://www.planostar.com/articles/2010/05/05/mesquite_news/news/2591.txt - Plano/Mesquite Star


http://www.prlog.org/10415275-local-teen-band-selected-as-semifinalist-in-schooljam-usa-battle-of-the-bands-competition.htmlJaci and Those Guys make it to the semifinals in Schooljam USA
- PR Log Press Release

"Local Youth to Provide Music for Fourthfest"

Local youth to provide music at FourthFest

By Ryann Chappell

Herald-Banner Staff

Royse City is in for a homegrown treat on July 4 after the big parade.

Jaci Butler and “Those Guys” will be performing at the old Bulldog Stadium (State Highway 66 and Farm-to-Market 1777), one of many performances for this band of young people.

This group’s talent was proven when the band got first place at the “For Those About to Rock School” Battle of the Bands on June 9, the prize being five hours of recording time.

They also opened at the House of Blues in Dallas a couple of weeks ago after a gig in Oklahoma.

Matt Venhaus of Royse City, lead guitar, and Jaci Butler of Rowlett, lead vocals, write the majority of the songs. Their music is influenced by Bon Jovi, Kelly Clarkson, and The Beatles, among others.

Venhaus, who will be a junior in the fall in home school, bragged on his band members.

“We have really good music chemistry,” he said. “Everyone is really passionate about what they do and it really brings a lot to the music.”

Butler, who is going into the eighth grade at Coyle Middle School in Rowlett, loves being a part of the band.

“There’s nothing more exciting and thrilling to me than being on stage,” she said. “Being able to perform and share this experience with the guys makes it even more amazing.”

Her dream includes the band being signed by a record producer.

Chad Ragsdale, who plays the rhythm guitar and will also be a junior in home school, said, “I would like us to have one full album out within this year.”

His favorite gig so far was playing at the House of Blues.

Jason Savage, bass player, just joined the band three weeks ago. He believes that the band members really work well together. He will be a junior at Royse City High School in the fall.

The other band member is drummer Trevor Quiett. Butler has said that he has a spectacular personality on stage.

“Everyone is approachable,” said Ragsdale about his fellow band members, “which helps when people want autographs.”

Venhaus recalled a particular highlight, “It was kind of a spur-of-the-moment thing, but I was surprised when we played at The Harbor in Rockwall at how many people actually stopped and listened. There was probably a couple of hundred sitting on the lawn and many more lining the sidewalks and restaurants. So that was a really cool experience.”

Butler summed it up for the all of the band members when she said, “All of us are so passionate about our music.”

The band will also be performing in Rockwall on July 3, Aug 6, and Sept 25.


Jaci Butler and Those Guys will be providing entertainment at Royse City’s FourthFest celebration at the old Bulldog stadium. From left to right are; Jaci Butler, Jason Savage, Trevor Quiett, Matt Venhaus, and (at bottom) Chad Ragsdale. The group, consisting of young musicians from Royse City and the surrounding area, has already been performing together on a steady basis. Courtesy photo/ (Click for larger image)

- Royse City Herald Banner


Storm Of Dreams-- Debut album - Written, recorded, and produced by Jagged Row. Night And Day, 6 song EP released Oct. 2012. Back Again, 5 song EP released December 29th 2012 with music video released same day for Life Long Fight(feat Da Mac, Christian HipHop artist)

Latest EP   Battle Cry  released April 28th 2015.  6 new songs 
All music written, produced, performed and recorded by Jagged Row.



Jagged Row, formed in Jan. 2009 in the suburbs of Dallas, Texas, is a high energy rock band that is taking the world of music by storm! They have blended each of their individual tastes in music into a unique style of rock music they like to call "Jagged Rock". It's the missing link between yesterday's classic rock and today's modern rock! The emotional, powerhouse vocals and roaring guitar riffs,  plus a chemistry on stage gives them what everyone keeps calling "IT". Many bands have influenced them including Paramore, Foo Fighters, Journey, Heart, Bon Jovi, Bullet For My Valentine, Shine Down, Aerosmith, and more. They appeal to all ages with positive, clean lyrics and a show mixed with originals and covers they make their own. People that like their recorded music, fall in LOVE with their high energy live performance!

Jagged Row has made many accomplishments in the past 7 years such as winning countless battle of the bands at various venues (one of which got the band scholarships to the Berklee College of Music's renowned 5 week program). They have performed coast to coast famous venues including The Wildflower Festival, House of Blues, Whisky A Go-Go, Real Texas Festival, NAMM, Texas Motor Speedway, State Fair of Texas, corporate events for American Eagle and the TWU, etc. They have shared the stage with bands like Hanson, Bowling for Soup & Finger Eleven to name a few. They also spent 4 weeks on the Extreme Tour in 2012 from Georgia to New Jersey. Jagged Row's lead singer, Jaci Butler, is a contestant on the finale season fifteen of American Idol! Keep a lookout for #greenhairsightings.
The Band released the 6 song EP "Night and Day" in October  2012 at the State Fair of Texas. Mixed and mastered by Platinum producer Beau Hill and produced by Jagged Row. Their EP "Back Again" was  released Dec. 29th 2012. It is a 5 song EP recorded and mixed at the Track Studio in Plano, Texas. Jaci and Matt of Jagged Row worked side by side with Matt Aslanian to mix and produce this latest work and in Matt and Jaci's words, " We feel like this is our best music to date!" They also released an awesome new music video on Dec. 30 2013 for the song Life Long Fight featuring their good friend and christian hip-hop artist, Da Mac. 

Their new EP "Battle Cry"  was released on April 28th 2015  it's set to be their best music yet!
Self-labeled and self-produced, Jagged Row continues to step up the pace of touring and writing, working towards their vision of Grammy award recognition for their music and becoming the best alternative rock band in the world!!!

Band Members